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Vicksburg Heritage Guild raffling off child’s playhouse

The home is custom-designed and built.

It comes with granite countertops, an architectural shingle roof and a Dutch door.

And, it could all be yours if you are the lucky one to have their ticket pulled in an upcoming raffle.

In an effort to support and promote and preserve historic elements of Vicksburg, the Vicksburg Heritage Guild is raffling off a house … a playhouse that is.

“Our emphasis is on housing and preservation, so we thought a house would be perfect for that,” Guild vice president Dinah Lazor said, speaking of the tiny, yellow, one-room cottage-looking playhouse currently on display behind Walnut Hills Restaurant.

“We came up with this idea because we want to get younger people, younger couples with children, involved in historic preservation,” she said.

The playhouse is modeled after a 1930s vernacular cottage and is complete with a coffered ceiling, windows that open, granite countertops and enough room for a number of children to play.

“I can even stand up inside,” Lazor said.

The group has valued the playhouse at $3,500 and is selling raffle tickets for $10 each in order to raise money to support the guild’s preservation efforts.

Lazor said Greg Watson with Neil Gas volunteered his time — along with friends — to built the cottage. Other groups and businesses, including Price’s Glass and Walnut Hills also donated services and items to the playhouse construction.

Nearing their first anniversary, the guild has as a focus the preservation of homes in Vicksburg,

“We are working with historic preservation, but in the broadest context houses are individual but they are important to families, they are part of a neighborhood, which is part of a school district,” Lazor said. “The purpose of our group was not just to preserve one house, but to holistically see how our historical assets can be used for tourism, but for historic preservation.

“And, we are losing so much of it. We drive by many of these homes and never really see them, these little cottages these vernacular architecture.”

The winning ticket for the playhouse raffle will be picked Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. during Riverfest festivities downtown.

Tickets can be purchased at Bells Rose, Willinghams, Prices Glass, House of Awards, Café Paradiso, Coldwell Banker, Vicksburg Insurance, State Farm Insurance — Robyn Lea and Walnut Hills, where you can also view the playhouse.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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